St John Street pipe burst: Finsbury and Islington properties left with no running water

Thames Water engineers at the site of the burst water main in St John Street this afternoon. Picture

Thames Water engineers at the site of the burst water main in St John Street this afternoon. Picture: Thames Water - Credit: Archant

A burst water main has left homeowners and tenants without running water in the south of Islington today.

Workers repair the burst pipe in St John Street. Picture: Sam Gelder

Workers repair the burst pipe in St John Street. Picture: Sam Gelder - Credit: Archant

The 36” diameter pipe burst in St John Street, Finsbury, near its junction with Rawstorne Street at about 1.30am.

It has meant customers in Finsbury and Islington have been left with either no water or low water pressure.

A repair team has been on site all day and a Thames Water spokesman said: “We’ve had teams on site repairing the main, which is a complicated job. We’re aware that some customers are still experiencing low pressure and no water and we’re working hard to reroute supplies to address this.

“It may take a while for pressure to build in our pipes, but we expect customers to be in supply by later this afternoon and early evening.”


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Four fire engines and 20 firefighters were needed to deal with the burst this morning. One basement in a commercial property was flooded to a depth of 120cm. It took the crews four hours – until just after 5.15am – to get it under control.

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